Three And Out: November 10, 2009

Some quick San Diego Chargers news bits for the week, including a Chargers' team record of 44 home games televised live, new movement on the stadium front, and Norv Turners' thoughts on the growth of his young team over the past few games...


Going to New York and getting a win against the Giants has boosted the confidence of the San Diego Chargers. Now riding a three-game winning streak, the Chargers turn their attention to hosting the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. Head Coach Norv Turner likes how his team is improving week in and week out. The Chargers are getting to the quarterback more, are more stout against the run, and continue to make big plays in the passing game.

"Our team is getting better," says Turner. "We’ve gotten better each of the last weeks since the bye. It’s nice to win a close game. It’s nice to win a game this way because I think when you win a game this way, it builds on your confidence and you know you can. We have won games like this in the past, but this one is very, very special in terms of the way it was going in the fourth quarter. It’s something, in my mind, we need to build on because I don’t think we are anywhere near as a good as we can be. We have a lot of new and young players playing. I know I say that every week, but they’re a week older right now."


After selling enough tickets for the Chargers - Eagles matchup this Sunday, the Chargers have tied a team record with their 44th consecutive home game to be televised live in So Cal. The last game to be blacked out was back in 2004 when the Chargers hosted the New Orleans Saints.


The City of San Diego has once again become the leading suitor for attracting the San Diego Chargers to a new stadium downtown. 15 acres are being evaluated as a potential stadium site, including city-owned land at Tailgate Park, the SD Metro Transit bus yard, and the Wonder Bread building on 14th street downtown.

From the article:

The roughly 15 acres being eyed for a stadium includes city-owned Tailgate Park close to Petco Park, the privately owned Wonder Bread building and the bus yard for the San Diego Transit Corp., owned by the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System.

[Mayor]Sanders has long said he would oppose using public funds toward construction of a new stadium, but mayoral spokesman Darren Pudgil said yesterday that the Mayor's Office is looking at all of the ways cities have helped with stadium construction. Pudgil said two options could be infrastructure financing and borrowing money against future redevelopment revenues downtown.

SignOnSandiego: Chargers, S.D. discussing downtown stadium

November 10, 2009

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Anonymous said... Nov 10, 2009, 1:37:00 PM

Dear Charger management AND our so-called City Fathers: Stay AWAY, AWAY, AWAY from our ultra-precious coastline and/or bay front; period.
Do you understand?
Never EVER will a stadium be anything-close-to-welcome obstruction to our unique sea and bay views for our citizens. Don't even ask. Even if it's for something of real, long-lasting value like a library, don't ask.
San Diegan's need to PROTECT their unique gifts that only the Good Lord can provide, and despite the last game; that doesn't include a Charger stadium. Instead, think Kearny Mesa. Good luck to you though.

Anonymous said... Nov 10, 2009, 3:35:00 PM

It continues to make way too much sense from a physical and location standpoint to use the current stadium site. For that reason, seemingly, it will never happen.

Rob Zepeda said... Nov 10, 2009, 3:48:00 PM

Someone told me that the current Mission Valley location has contaminated soil due to leaks from those giant oil drums just off Friars Rd...anyone know anything about that? Contaminated soil would make most development impossible from a health/safety standpoint, right? They might as well build a new stadium on top of what otherwise will be useless land

Anonymous said... Nov 10, 2009, 11:02:00 PM

The underground fuel leaks under the stadium and parking lot are THE 800 lb. gorilla no one wants to talk about, especially Mayor Sandbox.
It's that issue of contaminated soil (and specifically the extra cost of cleaning it all up), that's hamstrung ANY plans for further development on the existing stadium site. Boo hoo.
No talking heads or hired guns want to talk about that much, because the problem will NOT go away, regardless of who's involved, and it's all so nasty because it cuts right into their Almighty-Dollar profit margins.
Euuuu, oh-so-distastful.
But for those same reasons (i.e. greed), these "businessmen" will always ask for the most choice spots first. The reason? All the better for them to buy relatively cheaply (taxpayer subsidized is even sweeter!), then benefit greatly again at the end of the site use because (go figure?!) the land will command top dollar because of it's prime location. Classic double-dipping, good for their kids and grandkids, etc., but lousy for the regular Joe's of our city. $9.25 a beer, anyone?
BTW, does anyone here remember whether or not a good portion (or all?) of the land the current stadium sits on was donated by a former dairyman on that site, the Guggliemetti (sp?) family? There used to be a bronze plaque commemorating them on the "grassy knoll" entrance to the parking lot of eastbound Friars Rd, but it's been stolen for years and I don't think it's been replaced. After all, at our 50th anniversary, the Chargers are all about tradition, right? Step right up; get your comemorative trinkets, now on sale just in time for Christmas!
Am I hallucinating? Please, if any of you other mugs remember that old dairy story, please inform my addled mind. The library is so far away.

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